Nursing Homes in Nebraska- Monthly Analysis & Key Metrics

Data as of February 11, 2024

Reviewed by Richard Saunders

The State Level Skilled Nursing Home Analysis Report

Recently, the Biden administration announced a goal of improving nursing home care, as highlighted in several important announcements (see the initial announcement and a subsequent announcement). While this is a commendable goal, it is not entirely clear what the best approach is for achieving it. Proposing minimum staffing levels for all nursing homes simplifies a complicated issue. Nursing Homes address a wide range of resident needs, from short-term rehabilitation to long-term care to dementia and memory issues, that require different levels of care. It also fails to address a national staffing shortage that will likely only worsen.

At NursingHomeDatabase.com, we believe that one critical element of any improvement effort is to have access to good, clear data and analysis that can help everyone understand the current state of affairs, identify trends, and track progress over time. To this end, we have built this series of reports that will try to illuminate the key metrics of nursing home performance for each state. Our reports are designed to provide valuable insights and inform policymakers, healthcare providers, and families who are interested in nursing home care.

The analysis for the state level report cards of nursing home care is primarily derived from data that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ("CMS") provides. CMS publishes weekly data about nursing home occupancy and COVID-19 infections and publishes monthly reports with ratings, staffing levels, and deficiencies.

Summary Analysis of Nursing Homes in Nebraska- The 10,000 foot view

Updated on February 11, 2024

According to the latest data compiled by NursingHomeDatabase.com, Nebraska has a total of 185 active skilled nursing facilities and 13,900 beds. Based on the US Census estimates for the population of 1,967,923, the current total bed count represents one bed for every 141.58 persons in Nebraska. There were 10,111 residents as February 11, 2024 for a state wide occupancy level of 72.74 percent. (Note that the home count is based on monthly data provided by CMS and the number of beds and the occupancy numbers are based on weekly data. There is a minor number of homes that do not report their data weekly.)

According to the monthly data, Nebraska has added 75 new beds and lost 121 existing beds over the past year.

The Biden Administration has announced that it wants to regulate minimum nursing home staffing levels. They have proposed minimums of .55 hours of care per resident per day from registered nurses (RNs) and 2.45 hours of care per resident per day certified nursing aids (CNAs). These are the current level amount of hours per resident per day of care for Nebraska and a comparison to national averages.

Staffing Levels State National
Registered Nurse (RN) 0.71 0.65
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) 2.56 2.26
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) 0.68 0.88
All Staff 3.95 3.79

Detailed analysis pages for the largest cities in Nebraska:

COVID-19 Infections in Nebraska Nursing Homes

While COVID-19 infections and deaths are down significantly from late 2020 and 2021, the number of infections and deaths continues to be monitored. For nursing homes in Nebraska there were a total of 41 new cases and 41 new deaths among residents for the week ending February 11, 2024. The chart below shows COVID-19 activity for the past year.

New and Lost Nursing Homes in Nebraska

Nebraska added 2 new skilled nursing facilities and 75 beds over the past year. Below is list of the new facilities:

Facility Number of Beds
Hemingford Care Center 39
Tabitha at Prairie Commons 36

Nebraska lost 3 skilled nursing facilities and 121 beds over the past year. Below is list of the lost facilities:

Facility Number of Beds
El Dorado Manor Nursing Home 40
Brighton Gardens of Omaha 45
Hemingford Care Center 36

This data is based on homes reported by CMS. Additional homes may have opened or closed but are not yet in the dataset.

Occupancy Percentages for Nebraska Nursing Homes

The chart below shows the overall occupancy for nursing home beds in Nebraska. Occupancies levels for individual facilities will differ and can be found on the detail page for the specific nursing home.

Best and Worst Nursing Homes in Nebraska

The list below shows the best skilled nursing facilities in Nebraska based on their most recent weighted average inspection score. Some nursing homes may have higher overall 5-star ratings than the homes on this list. We feel that the health inspection score is the best indicator of current operations. It changes quicker than the overall rating.

Facility Rating
S R M C Long Term Care, LLC
549 KELLER DRIVE
SIDNEY, NE
2.40
The Ambassador Nebraska City
1800 14TH AVENUE
NEBRASKA CITY, NE
4.67
Heritage Estates
2325 LODGE DRIVE
GERING, NE
6.67
Alpine Village Retirement Center
706 JAMES STREET
VERDIGRE, NE
6.67
Legacy Square
1621 FRONT STREET
HENDERSON, NE
6.67
Arbor Care Centers-Hartington LLC
401 W DARLENE STREET
HARTINGTON, NE
7.33
St Jane De Chantal
2200 SOUTH 52ND STREET
LINCOLN, NE
8.00
Parkside Manor
607 NORTH MAIN STREET
STUART, NE
9.33
Mt Carmel Home- Keens Memorial
412 WEST 18TH STREET
KEARNEY, NE
9.33
Ambassador Health of Omaha
1540 NORTH 72ND STREET
OMAHA, NE
10.00

The list below shows the worst skilled nursing facilities in Nebraska based on their most recent weighted average inspection score.

Facility Rating
Azria Health Montclair
2525 SOUTH 135TH AVENUE
OMAHA, NE
335.17
Emerald Nursing and Rehab Legacy Pointe
3110 SCOTT CIRCLE
OMAHA, NE
256.00
Rating Not Available
Good Samaritan Society - Hastings Village
926 EAST E STREET
HASTINGS, NE
216.50
Emerald Nursing and Rehab Omaha
5505 GROVER STREET
OMAHA, NE
195.50
Omaha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
4835 SOUTH 49TH STREET
OMAHA, NE
194.00
Emerald Nursing and Rehabilitation Mercy
7410 MERCY ROAD
OMAHA, NE
174.50
Prestige Care Center of Nebraska City
1420 NORTH 10TH STREET
NEBRASKA CITY, NE
170.67
Good Samaritan Society - St Luke's Village
2201 EAST 32ND STREET
KEARNEY, NE
170.33
Monument Rehabilitation and Care Center
111 WEST 36TH STREET
SCOTTSBLUFF, NE
165.00
Life Care Center of Elkhorn
20275 HOPPER STREET
ELKHORN, NE
149.00

Nursing Homes with the warning icon () have been flagged by CMS for abuse.

Skilled Nursing Homes in Nebraska Compared to Nationwide

We have compared Nebraska nursing homes to the nationwide average on several metrics. Nebraska performed better than the national average on several metrics and worse on other metrics.

Cycle 1 Total Number Of Health Deficiencies 5.00 Lower
Cycle 1 Total Number Of Fire Safety Deficiencies 6.70 Higher
Cycle 2 Total Number Of Health Deficiencies 7.70 Lower
Cycle 2 Total Number Of Fire Safety Deficiencies 6.10 Higher
Cycle 3 Total Number Of Health Deficiencies 6.40 Lower
Cycle 3 Total Number Of Fire Safety Deficiencies 4.70 Higher
Average Number Of Residents Per Day 52.90 Lower
Reported Nurse Aide Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 2.56 Higher
Reported Lpn Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 0.68 Lower
Reported Rn Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 0.71 Higher
Reported Licensed Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 1.39 Lower
Reported Total Nurse Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 3.95 Higher
Total Number Of Nurse Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day On The Weekend 3.39 Higher
Registered Nurse Hours Per Resident Per Day On The Weekend 0.48 Higher
Reported Physical Therapist Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 0.05 Lower
Total Nursing Staff Turnover 56.30 Higher
Registered Nurse Turnover 49.20 Lower
Number Of Administrators Who Have Left The Nursing Home 0.50 Lower
Case-mix Rn Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 0.31 Lower
Case-mix Total Nurse Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 2.98 Lower
Number Of Fines 1.60 Lower
Fine Amount In Dollars 17,812.00 Lower
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Whose Need For Help With Daily Activities Has Increased 14.57 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Who Lose Too Much Weight 5.17 Lower
Percentage Of Low Risk Long Stay Residents Who Lose Control Of Their Bowels Or Bladder 50.14 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents With A Catheter Inserted And Left In Their Bladder 2.02 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents With A Urinary Tract Infection 3.57 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Who Have Depressive Symptoms 4.31 Lower
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Who Were Physically Restrained 0.24 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Experiencing One Or More Falls With Major Injury 4.58 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Assessed And Appropriately Given The Pneumococcal Vaccine 91.37 Lower
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Who Received An Antipsychotic Medication 19.24 Higher
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Assessed And Appropriately Given The Pneumococcal Vaccine 78.88 Lower
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Who Newly Received An Antipsychotic Medication 2.22 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Whose Ability To Move Independently Worsened 17.22 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Who Received An Antianxiety Or Hypnotic Medication 19.33 Lower
Percentage Of High Risk Long Stay Residents With Pressure Ulcers 6.20 Lower
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Assessed And Appropriately Given The Seasonal Influenza Vaccine 95.70 Higher
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Who Made Improvements In Function 80.16 Higher
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Who Were Assessed And Appropriately Given The Seasonal Influenza Vaccine 72.50 Lower
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Who Were Rehospitalized After A Nursing Home Admission 21.30 Lower
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Who Had An Outpatient Emergency Department Visit 10.93 Lower
Number Of Hospitalizations Per 1000 Long-stay Resident Days 1.82 Lower
Number Of Outpatient Emergency Department Visits Per 1000 Long-stay Resident Days 1.12 Lower